Now that I have finished the section Montaigne, would I read any more of his essays? Why or why not?
After completing my studies of (some of) Montaigne’s essays I do not think that I will go on to read any more of them. However, I do think I could find myself skimming through for little clips of importance. Although Montaigne provides useful food-for-thought types of advice and information in his writings, he rambles too much to make the overall essays enjoyable. Being the skeptic that he is, I don’t think he was even able to trust his own writings; typically following an aphorism he over explains and spoils it. If Montaigne were able to take his main points and have a central focus on them for each essay, he wouldn’t have felt the need to continuously explain. In this sense he is mucking up even the clear thoughts that he could get out. Montaigne was cleverly able to create a new writing style, however it had a long ways to go before it could be widely applied; this is clear from his 107 essays, as well as visible through the progression of essay structure/form today.